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Sep 2, 2019 Peter Hennessy
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The early 1960's were a profound period of change in the UK. Looking particular at 1962 and 1963, the last days of the Macmillan premiership, historian Peter Hennessy looks at some of the key events of that time.
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Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Aug 12, 2019 Lara Maiklem
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In centuries past, "mudlarking" was an activity undertaken by the poorest, involving searching the mud banks of the Thames for any item that could be sold to make a living. Today, it is a hobby undertaken by treasure hunters. The author is a keen hobbyist.
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Aug 12, 2019 Ben Cottam
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When her surgery in Blackpool is closed, Dr Dace Zake finds herself relocating to a practice in deprived rural Cornwall, and facing a whole new set of medical and personal challenges.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jul 29, 2019 Charlotte Bogard McLeod
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Hayleigh is a carer, whose job it is to make calls on her most elderly clients, though no call must last more than 15 minutes. This is not always feasible however ad Hayleigh must improvise. A little too "preachy" about the ongoing pressure on social care.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Drama
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Jul 23, 2019 Andy Hamilton
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Series 2 of Andy Hamilton's meandering memories, this time covering Sport, Stupidity, Religion and Class, all with his clever and witty outlook on life.
Topics: BBC Radio, Autobiography
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Jul 15, 2019 Monty Lyman
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Perched on the exterior of our delicate, intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ, weighing nine kilograms and covering two square metres. We see it, touch it and live in it every day. It’s a habitat for a mesmerisingly complex world of micro-organisms. Its physical functions are vital to our health and indeed our survival, and it’s crucial to our sense of identity. Yet how much do we really know about it? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr...
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Jul 8, 2019 Val McDermid
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Val McDermid's "Dead" series of comedy crime dramas have thus far been great fun. Sadly for me, this the last of the planned series suggests that the writer's heart had gone out of the series. Alma and Jo are called in to investigate a dead race horse, soon to be followed by a dead jockey - or is it the stable lad? The plot goes through the motions, but has to rely upon the arrival of a baby on Alma & Jo's doorstep- an even t which feels like a device simply to fill the time - and...
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Topics: BBC Radio DRama, Comedy Crime Drama
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May 12, 2019 Eric Ambler
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Two part, ponderous and slow dramatisation of Eric Ambler;s 1938 novel. As clouds of war gather over Europe, Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher, is enjoying his first break in years at a small hotel on the French Riviera. But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at the local chemists, sensitive images of the local military facility are discovered on his roll of film. Vadassy is accused of being an enemy agent and of espionage. To prove his innocence, he...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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May 4, 2019 Ian Fleming
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1954 and James Bond is sent to the USA to track down who is behind using 17th century pirate gold to support a Russian spy ring in New York.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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Apr 28, 2019 Eric Ambler
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Two part dramatisation of the Eric Ambler novel, filmed in 1943 and 1975. As clouds of war gather over Europe, Alec Graham, a mild-mannered arms expert, is in Istanbul, having just completed consultation work with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead. Shots are fired at Graham as he steps into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a boat bound for Genoa, from where he will take a train back to England. As he journeys home, he enters a dangerous world and...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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Apr 27, 2019 Nick Perry
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It is said that the Roosevelt was angered that the 1943 Oscar nominated, British propaganda documentary "Desert Victory" did not show the US involvement in the North Africa campaign. He thus ordered that a film be made of the American campaign in Italy, resulting in the 1945 film "The Battle of San Pietro". Film director John Huston was ordered to make the film, along with British writer Eric Ambler. This play looks at the making of the film.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Apr 25, 2019 Carine Adler
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Intimate first-hand account of the final days of Marie Antoinette, staring Lily Loveless as young prison maid, Rosalie Lamoriere, who forms a strong bond with the tragic queen, played by Laure Stockley. Rosalie worked in the Conciergerie Prison kitchens, shared with soldiers and guards drinking, eating and laughing raucously over the pornographic pamphlets they pass around. The pamphlet shows Marie Antoinette, legs akimbo, masturbating on a chaise longue and having sex with a pageboy. Everyone...
Topics: BBC Radio DRama, Biographical Drama
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Apr 22, 2019 Paul Marquess and Sally Tatchell;
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New recruit Scott can't wait to lock up some bad guys. Fresh out of police training college, he is a little frustrated to be puppy-walked by a female officer. Not that Scott is sexist or a misogynist (he loves his girlfriend and adores his mum), it's just that he craves the company and approval of other guys. He also suffers from White Knight syndrome and has a tendency to see women as damsels in distress. You see, when Scott was twelve, his dad died saving a family in a horrific motorway...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Apr 15, 2019 A J Cronin
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Part 5 of this series. Parts 1 to 4 are uploaded elsewhere.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Apr 8, 2019 Ron Hutchinson
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5 part drama, based on the sinking of the Titanic. A young woman is in New York, looking for news of her fiance, a musician on board the Titanic. She meets up with a journalist who believes the Titanic was not sunk by an iceberg, rather because the ship was badly designed and set sail with a fire in its fuel bunker(!!) Others though are keen to prevent the pair discovering the truth. A silly plot and irritating basic errors, such as calling Bruce Ismay "Lord Ismay", but some will...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Mar 12, 2019 Adrian Penketh
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It's a normal day at London City Airport. On the approach is a private jet, but when Air Traffic Control contact it, the pilot refuses to respond. Has the jet been hijacked? Is it intending crash, "9/11 style" into one of the office blocks in Canary Wharf or even into central London, or is the pilot intending a "Germanwings" style suicide? As RAF jets are scrambled, a journalist makes contact with the pilot. Can he get to the bottom of the problem?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Afternoon Play
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Mar 6, 2019 Jeremy Front
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Wonders will never cease - Charles is in regular work. The only problem is that each part requires him to wear a beige cardigan as he advertises funeral plans, mobility scooters and the like on obscure TV channels. So when Charles is offered a small part in a new show "Winnie the Musical" about Churchill's wartime government, he grabs the part. It doesn't take long before accidents start befalling the company. Meanwhile, Frances is keen that Charles help her practice her ballroom...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Crime Drama, Charles Paris
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Feb 26, 2019 David Nott
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As a child, David Nott - the son of a doctor and a nurse - was taken to see the film "The Killing Fields". He says that he was from that moment onwards determined to become a trauma surgeon, working in war zones. For the past 25 years, when not doing his day job in London as a consultant vascular surgeon, he has volunteered to work as a surgeon for the Red Cross and other charities in places such as Zaire, Afghanistan and Syria. 5 part reading of his new book, read by the author.
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week, Autobiography
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Feb 11, 2019 Al Smith
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A second series of the drama series featuring emergency control room call handler Carrie. The first series won a number of radio drama awards. Recommended.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Feb 4, 2019 Gregory Evans
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Meg is still running the dairy and still having trouble with the local gangsters. Dare I suggest the writer ran out of ideas after Series 1?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jan 9, 2019 Jenny Eclair
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Series 5 of Jenny Eclair's darkly comic monologues. All previous series already uploaded. Recommended listening.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Dec 31, 2018 Michael Chaplin
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This 5 part drama is based upon a new book of the same name, looking at the death of Queen Victoria and its immediate aftermath from the words of those who witnessed it. An ideal candidate for the "Book of the Week" slot. Unfortunately, the BBC instead decided to dramatise this, taking as its premise an imaginary 1953 radio programme with (an imaginary?) dresser to the late Queen telling her memories, interspersed with flashbacks and quotations from the book. The writer seems...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, 13 Minute Theatre
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Dec 29, 2018 Geoffrey Chaucer
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Two part dramatisation of eight of Chaucer's tales, performed by the cast of "The Archers", the world's longest running radio soap opera. Ignore the conceit that it is being performed by "amateurs" and focus on the drama instead.
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Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Nov 3, 2018
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Dramatisation of the scurrilous "autobiography" of Cheeta, the chimpanzee who appeared in many of the Tarzan films of the 1930s and 40s in which Cheeta lays open some of the secrets of the golden age of Hollywood. John Malkovitch is quite touching in his portrayal of the ageing chimp.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play
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Nov 2, 2018 Hugh Costello
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Tony Da Silva is an accountant in trouble. Mortgaged .to the hilt, twin boys at an expensive private school and a failing business. Then he meets (the incredibly sexy voiced) Xenia, who offers him a way out of his problems. She has foreign clients who want to set up businesses in the UK, but need somebody reliable to "help them". It's easy money. Then Xenia asks him to front shell companies for her foreign clients, in order that they can hide their wealth. Tony will be the legal...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Afternoon Play
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Oct 29, 2018 Various; Anita Sullivan
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The  Second Pan Book of Horror Stories is apparently regarded by horror fans as a classic collection. Not being a huge fan, I cannot comment. These five dramatisations are "fresh interpretations" of some of the originals: * The Vertical Ladder by William Sansom: A dare turns into an exercise in fear limitation as Cleggy finds himself high up and hanging on. But he is not alone.   * The Speciality Of The House by Stanley Ellin: A restaurant has a gourmet dish for only the select few....
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Horror
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Oct 16, 2018 Richard Stoneman
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A recently appointed Prime Minister receives a warning that a recently arrived Russian double agent is in need of protection. She calls in recently exposed MI6 officer Bob Trench to find out why MI6 is not protecting the Russian spy. With a plot and a character in Bob Trench, both straight out of the big book of cliches and characters who barely manage to make it to two dimensions, let alone three, I found this deeply tedious and I'd expect better of this writer, but others may disagree.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Afternoon Play
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Oct 6, 2018 Jonathan Myerson
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Three one off dramas looking at three different, Republican presidents. The recordings may be in a different order - my mistake! 1) Ronald Reagan: Death Valley Days 1965. As Barry Goldwater’s campaign against LBJ crashes and burns, the Grand Old Party needs a fresh face who can handle the new world of TV.  Step forward a fading Hollywood heartthrob, with a down-home style - and plenty of space in his diary... 2) Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left the Building 1970. President Nixon has...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play
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Oct 1, 2018 Michael Palin
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In 1845, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, under the command of Sir John Franklin, were dispatched in an attempt to locate the "North West Passage". The crew all perished, and the ships sank. This has all been known for a long time, and the wreck of Erebus was discovered about 10 years ago, much other evidence such as crew remains have been located over the years. In this 5 part reading from his new book, Palin tells us little that we did not already know, in what feels like a typical Palin...
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Sep 26, 2018 Tom Fry & Sharon Kelly
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Series 10 of the drama series, featuring Frank Twist, Sarah Gold and their attempts to assist those in police custody - as well as sorting out their own personal problems. Even after ten series, the quality of the writing and acting remains excellent. Series 1 to 9 can be found here:  https://archive.org/details/BriefLives102
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Sep 25, 2018 David Morley
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A drama "inspired" by real events.  In early 1968, in response to Britain's growing economic crisis, 5 secretaries from Colt Ventilation & Heating  decided to start working an extra half a day a week to help the economy. The media got hold of this and this rapidly developed into a movement "I'm Backing Britain". After trade union opposition however, and manoeuvring by the later disgraced Robert Maxwell, the campaign ground to a halt after a few months in which it...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 24, 2018 Ben MacIntyre
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Five readings from Bem MacIntyre's new book about the British double agent Oleg Gordievsky, one of the most important KGB officers ever to have defected to the West.
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Sep 20, 2018 Jonathan Maitland
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Remuneration Committees are now used by all major companies to set the pay of senior executives. They are viewed with suspicion, the thought being that they are a club, each setting the other's pay in their respective organisations.  The author talked to several members of RemCos and been granted access to confidential minutes. Before now, no writer has been allowed this level of access to what goes on in a RemCo. He has used the details to fashion this drama about a fictional RemCo. Judith...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 18, 2018 Wiiliam Boyd
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Ten part reading of the 2013 William Boyd Bond novel. It is 1969 and a civil war is raging in am oil rich west African country; the parallels with the Biafran conflict are obvious. Bond is ordered to Africa in an attempt to contact the rebel leader. His real mission is dicovered and Bond is badly hurt. He decides to revenge himself - he must go "solo". The writing is good and feels very much like Fleming. The ending leaves the way open for a follow up with a new mortal enemy for Bond.
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book at Bedtime
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Sep 17, 2018 A J Cronin
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The fourth part.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Sep 10, 2018 Hannah Fry
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Algorithms, fiendishly complicated mathematical formulae, are all around us in the modern world. In these 5 reading from her book, Dr Hannah Fry tries to make them understandable to the layman, like me. Only mildly interesting.
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Sep 7, 2018 Lisa Osborne
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In 1815, having been defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and fled back to France, Napoleon found himself in danger of being captured by French Royalists, Austrians or Russians, any of whom would have executed him. He was thus persuaded to seek political asylum with his recent enemies the British. He was taken on board the warship HMS Bellerophon - known throughout the Navy as the "Billy Ruffian" - there to await his fate......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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Aug 6, 2018 Lavinia Greenlaw
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What disease decimated Genghis Khan's army, killed at least four Popes, Alexander the Great, more people in the Vietnam War than the fighting, around 1 million men (it is claimed) in the American Civil War, and whose survivors include Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and my late Father? The answer - Malaria. These five dramatised documentaries look at the history of the disease, the mistakes made, the Chinese treatment that remained secret for 50 years - and which doctors are now scared to use...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jul 22, 2018 Rudyard Kipling
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Dramatisation of the Kipling novella, made famous by the 1975 film with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Two adventurers and former British army soldiers, Daniel Dravot and Peachey Carnehan, set off to the area of Kafiristan in north east Afghanistan.There, they plan to become kings. At first, all goes well, then tragedy strikes. The links to Freemasonry are overstated, but this makes for a romping good, old fashioned adventure. Well worth listening to.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play, Adventure
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Jul 21, 2018 David Ashton
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The fact of Sir Isaac Newton being made Master of the Mint and his pursuit of a notorious forger was dealt with in an earlier play “The King’s Coiner”   https://archive.org/details/KingsCoinerThe , a play which I found more satisfactory than this new play, though others may care to compare the two.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Saturday Play
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Jul 16, 2018 Melissa Murray
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When Max returns to the UK from travelling, he finds that the £30,000 inheritance from his father has shrunk rather than grown. Is this due to incompetence or something darker? Described as a "social comedy" (whatever that is?) I found it disappointing, but I leave others to judge for themselves.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jul 9, 2018 A J Cronin
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Part 3 herewith.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 25, 2018 Shelley Silas / Val McDermid
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DCI Alma Blair - last heard of in "Dead Pan" here:  https://archive.org/details/DeadPan  - decides she needs to lose weight and joins a slimming club. Too embarrassed to admit that she is a policewoman, she pretends that she is a florist. When one of the members is found murdered however, she has to come clean about her job. Tongue in cheek, comedy crime drama.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jun 11, 2018 Martin Jameson
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The Fletcher family are just trying to love and look after each other at their home "until everything settles down". With their daughter's wedding coming up, they haven't got time for politics. But as the UK dissolves into conflict, organising the big day is getting more and more impossible. Personally, I preferred "The Death of Grass"as a picture of civil breakdown in the UK, see here:  https://archive.org/details/DeathOfGrassThe
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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May 7, 2018 John Mortimer
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Sadly, it appears that BBC Radio Drama have become bored with Rumpole. First, they have given the role to Julian Rhind-Tutt, who is excellentt in many roles, but for me is definitely not the sometimes grumpy and always non-compliant Rumpole; secondly, in these three dramatisations they have decided to create a "will they / won't they"romance between Rumpole and Phyllida Erskine-Brown (nee Trant). This unfortunately spoils these three final stories for me and would not, I feel sure,...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Apr 20, 2018 Suki Webster
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Danny Heywood wakes in his hotel room to find that he is not alone. Sheryl, a fan on a mission, has let herself into the room and is determined not to leave until she gets what she wants. But what exactly does she want? The ensuing stand off is a hilarious game of verbal cat and mouse as they both endeavour to maintain control of a very bizarre situation. This comic play - staged in real time - observes the obsessive, narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity - the desire to be famous and the...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Apr 8, 2018 Henrik Ibsen
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Recent radio dramatisation of Ibsen's 1884 play, with an outstanding cast.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Mar 31, 2018 Ian Fleming
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Forget Roger Moore in space, this is a dramatisation of the novel. 1954. Millionaire industrialist Sir Hugo Drax has put up £10 million of his own money to fund "Moonraker", a nuclear armed rocket as a deterrent against Russia. M is puzzled however, because both he and Drax are members of the same club, where they play cards. Drax however, despite his wealth, cheats. The man must be a bounder and Bond is sent to Drax's rocket launch site in Kent, from which DRax plans a test firing...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, James Bond
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Mar 19, 2018 W Somerset Maugham
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1. The Letter: Robert Crosbie's wife has been arrested for murder. She swears she is innocent. But a letter comes to notice which casts doubts on her story and her character. Is she guilty? 2. The Ant and The Grasshopper/ Princess September: Somerset Maugham wrote just a few fables amongst his large collection of short stories. Here are two - one about misconceptions and the other about the dangers of vanity. 3. The Taipan: A successful businessman has everything he wants. When he looks about...
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Mar 12, 2018 Scott Cherry
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Jackie investigates the deaths of some joy riders.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Mar 5, 2018 A J Cronin
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Part 2 herewith, in this case, the "omnibus" edition.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Mar 5, 2018 Barbara Machin
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5 part crime drama, described by Auntie Beeb as "heart stopping". Hmmmm...... It is 1984. A serial rapist and murderer has launched an appeal, claiming that he was framed by the police and lays the blame at the door of Peter Boyd. Boyd is suspended and the case handed over to a small team to investigate. The problem is, they only have five days (why?) in which to clear Boyd.When another girl goes missing, the police suspect that Boyd possibly had an accomplice, and the same team set...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Feb 24, 2018 J B Priestley
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The Good Companions is one of my favourite works by Priestley, but is a story with several strands which cannot be easily compressed into a short(ish) play. This adaptation appears not to know whether it is a play or a musical and falls woefully short on both counts, the plot skimmed over and some very clunky dialogue. Some will enjoy it, but I would advice others to seek out the Classic Serial here: https://archive.org/details/GoodCompanionsThe 
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Feb 23, 2018 Jeremy Front
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Extraordinary as it seems, Charles has managed to get not one but two jobs - a revival of a 1970s bedroom farce and also an audio book of Edwardian pornography. Needless to say, death stalks Charles, though the comedy quotient here is the key attraction.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Charles Paris, Comedy Crime Drama
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Feb 17, 2018 Various
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The cast of the popular BBC impressionists series "Dead Ringers" take on Sci Fi. An alien (called "Geoff") lands on Earth, choosing to make his appearance in .......the London commuter town of Woking. Before long, he becomes a celebrity, appearing on TV programmes such as Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing. All deeply silly, though the non Brits will not recognise many of the people taken off. Nonetheless, all great, if silly, fun.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Sci Fi, Saturday Play
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Jan 24, 2018 Shon Dale-Jones
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In 1974 Shon Dale-Jones's father invested in a Royal Worcester porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington on horseback. He kept the figure, wrapped in sponge, in a big box, under his bed. After he died, Shon's mother decided to take the figure out and display it on the table in the bay window. But when the figure gets broken, Shon and his mum realise the true significance of The Duke. Shon Dale-Jones has performed his one-man solo show, The Duke, across the world - from Abergavenny to Adelaide....
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jan 23, 2018 Christopher Green
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Fred Barnes was an Edwardian music hall performer. Today he would be called or even trans-sexual, but in his day he was simply known as "flamboyant". The title of the play comes from a series or articles he wrote after he fell from fame. The play itself seems uncertain whether it is a play or a documentary. There is a jarring clunk as the participants - author Green and comedian cum music hall expert Roy Hudd - move from natural conversation to the script......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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Jan 22, 2018 W Somerset Maugham
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1. & 2. The Fall of Edward Barnard (Two part reading) : Edward is in love with Isabel but he must try to make his fortune by travelling to the East before he can marry her. Their love is strong but will it withstand their separation? 3. A Man From Glasgow: In the suffocatingly hot nights of a summer in Algeciras, a man from Glasgow tells the story of a terrible haunting in a local house and how he can't get it out of his mind. 4. The Promise: Lady Elizabeth Vermont has had a string of...
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jan 15, 2018 Pliny the Younger & Hattie Naylor
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Pliny is back once more, still with slave problems and still with his mother trying to rule his life. 2018 omnibus edition.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Historical Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jan 11, 2018 Oliver Emmanuel
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There have been a number of dramas recently about the growing risk of antibiotic resistance, sponsored by the Wellcome Foundation medical charity, but this one, IMHO, is not one of the best. Set at a future time, people do not travel abroad from the UK for fear of catching a disease and most kids are home educated. Despite specific instructions from her parents, 10 year old Sarah and her 16 year old brother go to play in the woods near their home. Sarah falls, cuts herself and an infection sets...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Drama
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2018 Various
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Dan Dare "Pilot of the Future" was invented in the early 1950s as the lead character in the boys' comic "Eagle". Along with his fellow pilot Digby, he constantly fought the evil Mekon and saved Earth time and again. Fast forward to 2018, and Dan Dare has been "updated". He is still fighting the Mekon, but Digby has morphed from the useful idiot, used as a channel to explain technical matters to the reader, into a knowing, smart, foil to Dare. Throw in a female...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Radio Sci Fi
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2018 C J Sansom
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Dramatisation of the fifth "Shardlake" novel. Shardlake and Barack are asked to look into a case by a servant of Catherine Parr, about to become the sixth "Mrs Henry VIII". The plot contains the by now rather tired stories of men such as Sir Richard Rich plotting against Shardlake and even manages to involve Shardlake in the Mary Rose disaster. The fact that it took the BBC almost 8 years from publication suggests even they think it best for Shardlake fans only, of whom...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre, Historical Drama
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Dec 25, 2017 David Ashton
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In the early 1960s a young Scottish actor was in the frame for the lead in a new spy film. Not everyone thought he would be the right choice. Others believed that with a little help he would more than fit the bill. The writer David Ashton imagines how a young Sean Connery might have been tried and tested to show he was the perfect man for the job.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Dec 18, 2017 Jon Canter
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Two village policewomen - one seeks to keep the peace but the other yearns for excitement. Personally, I thought I had stumbled into a "comedy" aimed at 5 year olds, but others are free to disagree.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Dec 17, 2017 Peter Jukes
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In a small, un-named EU member country in eastern Europe, the presidential election is about to be held. A secretive IT company "Pantechnicon" has been commissioned by a hard-line candidate to win the election for him, both by legitimate means and illegitimate. Then, one of the key members of the IT team disappears, just as her sister arrives. Are the two events connected? And is it just coincidence this happens on the day before polling? A political thriller for the internet era.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Afternoon Play
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Dec 10, 2017 Baroness Orczy
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Two part dramatisation of the classic tale of the French Revolution, this time told with a slightly darker air. Recommended.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Adventure
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Dec 4, 2017 Nick Perry
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A fascinating drama documentary, headed up by a "North Korea Watcher" (there's a job they never told you about at school!) looking at why Kim Jong-Nam, the older half brother of the homicidal King Jong Un, was not promoted to leader on the death of their father and why he had to die. A fascinating portrait of a horrifying family.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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Dec 1, 2017 Beatrice Colin
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Charon is the Ferryman on the river Acheron. His job is to ferry sinners across the river of woe and decide into which circle of Hell they should go. Thomas works as a fitness instructor in a local gym and is determined not to turn into his dad. And that includes the day job.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Nov 27, 2017 Ben Cottam
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Drama following the experiences of Latvian locum Dr Dace Zake - mistakenly hired in the belief she speaks Polish - in a beleaguered medical centre in the deprived South Shore area of Blackpool. Described as a "comedy drama", I'd call it a "drama, with amusing incidents", but good nonetheless
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Nov 23, 2017 Graham White
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Ph.D student Danny visits the War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague to watch the trial of General Mladic for the massacres at Srebenica. Through the person of a cleaner, Danny questions the validity of the trial and whether it is "victor's justice"?
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Nov 18, 2017 Graham Greene
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Not to be confused with the Agatha Christie story "Express To Stamboul", this is an adaptation of the Graham Greene thriller - which he later admitted he wrote purely to make money - in which a diverse cast of characters make their way (or in some cases fail to reach) Istanbul. Those of a delicate, "politically correct" nature should note that this 2017 production includes the original anti-semitic sentiments throughout.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play' Thriller
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Nov 17, 2017 W Somerset Maugham
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1. The Facts of Life: An unhappy father laments the wayward behaviour of his eldest son and seeks advice from his bridge club. 2. The Closed Shop: In a South American country, where business is in trouble, politicians conspire with the local women to keep trade afloat. 3. Louise: Louise is perpetually at death's door; whilst somehow going to the best parties and attracting the best of men. 4. The Four Dutchmen: Friendship and rivalry compete between four rather large shipmates with disastrous...
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Nov 15, 2017 Lenny Henry
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Series 2 of Lenny Henry's self satisfactory monologues.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Nov 8, 2017 Jenny Eclair
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1) The Last Day: It's Miss Cavendish's last day at school and retirement looms but surely it can't go completely unmarked, that's enough to send even the most sensible woman over the edge.   2) The Visit: A dead woman returns to her old home to see the changes made by her husband and his new wife and when she doesn't like what she sees she decides to take revenge.   3) The Nanas: Dawn spends her life cleaning for the middle classes and fancies she could uncover a few secrets behind the Farrow...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Nov 6, 2017 Various
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Four radio plays written by four different authors for veteran actress Maureen Lipman. Three Journeys: Maureen Lipman & Jasper Britton play a mother and son who've always had a special relationship; although not stated, he is clearly an adult child with"special needs". Now she needs to persuade him it's time to strike out on his own. She has three journeys to do it in. By far the best of the 4 pieces in my opinion. Five Lessons:  Nigella Smith is no ordinary piano student. Can...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 30, 2017 A J Cronin
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The Citadel was a groundbreaking novel of 1937, based by Cronin on his own experiences as a doctor in the Welsh coalfields. Nye Bevan, the post war Labour Minister who implemented Britain's National Health Service stated it had a profound impact on him. In October 1924, Andrew Manson, an idealistic, newly qualified doctor, arrives from Scotland to work as assistant to Doctor Page in the small  Welsh mining town of Drineffy . He quickly realises that Page is unwell and disabled and that he has...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Oct 29, 2017 Mike Walker
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The third and final series brings the story into the 20th and 21st centuries: Nicholas II Lenin Stalin Putin
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Biography
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Oct 28, 2017 Pliny the Younger & Hattie Naylor
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Omnibus edition of Series 2. The Emperor Domitian rules Rome with a rod of iron, and is dangerously unstable and paranoid. There are spies everywhere. Venta, Pliny, his mother Marcella, and Doris the Greek cook will have to have all their wits about them if they are to prevail. As a teenager Pliny witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius from his home across the bay. Many years later, following a request from his uncle Tacitus who is an historian, he takes time off from being a lawyer to travel to...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Historical Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Oct 18, 2017 Andy Hamilton
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Andy Hamilton is best known as a comedy writer and performer, not least the creator of "Old Harry's Game" uploaded elsewhere on here. In these 4 programmes, Hamilton "sort of remembers" aspects of his life, covering childhood, politics, the human body and animals. We are promised a second series "in the future" - no idea why the cover refers to Series 2? - so fingers crossed......
Topic: BBC Radio Autobiography
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Oct 11, 2017 Suk Pannu
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The thought of Mrs Sidhu is enough to give Inspector Burton a panic attack - he has a file full of complaints she has made to the police. Following the death of her husband however, Mrs Sidhu has moved in to wedding catering, and is delighted to pick a job - courtesy of her wholesaler Mr Varma, a man who knows the only two certainties in life are death and tax evasion - to cater for the wedding of the son of industrialist Lord Lucas (inventor of the nose hair trimmer and slippers with inbuilt...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Crime Drama
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Oct 9, 2017 John Reed
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Ten part dramatisation of John Reed's classic eye-witness account of the Russian Revolution in October 1917.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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Sep 20, 2017 John Mortimer
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It's 1966, and Rumpole meets a delightful, wise and kindly Asian Doctor who, unexpectedly accused of unprofessional conduct, needs his help. The case involves both Rumpole and Phyllid, Rumpole's dear friend and his "Portia of the Chambers", as they learn about the shadowy behaviour of some unscrupulous drug companies and the correct way to diagnose glandular fever. Their friendship also becomes just a tad more ambiguous as both their marriages prove irksome.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 19, 2017 John Mortimer
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Horace Rumpole's client asks him to do something he's always sworn he will not do - appear for the prosecution. It's a case where the injured party is dead and cannot speak for herself. There's a piece of evidence that just doesn't add up and a literary reference which only Rumpole recognises as a clue.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 18, 2017 John Mortimer
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Rumpole's surprised when he discovers he's a dog lover at heart - and perplexed as he defends a man who insists he's guilty of murder. What's more, it's clear to Rumpole that the guilty party is among the hunting fraternity and not among the hunt saboteurs who, in 1966, are making their presence felt and their beliefs known on the hunting fields of Britain.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 13, 2017 Ryan Craig
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A play clearly inspired by the current Grenfell Tower enquiry. A school on a council estate has been devastated by a gas explosion. The announcement that retired judge Sir Stephen Colefax is to chair the ensuing public inquiry is greeted with anger and dismay. Can a man from his privileged background have any true understanding of the community so tragically affected?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Sep 11, 2017 Alan Carter
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Two part dramatisation of the Alan Carter novel, nominated for the 2010 best first novel by the Crime Writers Association. DC Cato Wong, once a rising star in the police, has been posted to the "stock squad" in a remote mining area of Western Australia, removing dead animals from the outback, punishment for having been involved in a frame-up of a crime suspect, having been ordered to do so by a superior who escaped punishment.  A headless, handless body is washed up on a nearby beach...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Sep 4, 2017 W Somerset Maugham
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Four further Maugham short stories: 1. A Marriage of Convenience: Cast amidst a hotch-potch of couples aboard a steamer out of Bangkok, we discover that marriages may result from the most unlikely associations and for the most prosaic reasons. 2. A String of Pearls: When a string of beads thought to be worthless turns out to be A grade pearls, the life of a young governess is turned upside down and her mistress's nose put out of joint. 3. Red: Revisiting an island lagoon from his youth, a sea...
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Aug 25, 2017 Nick Warburton
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When Richard and Claire inherit a house in Yorkshire, they think their worries are over. What they do not expect is the sitting tenant John, his friends in the local "Heritage Protection Society" nor that their recently inherited house is about to fall over the edge of a cliff......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Afternoon Play
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Aug 21, 2017 Gregory Evans
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Meg has taken over the dairy, but she's still having trouble from the local criminals.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Aug 10, 2017 Jonathan Myerson
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Twice a year thousands of confidential state files are released to the press and public- files that detail the workings of the British government of thirty years ago. If you want to know how Margaret Thatcher reacted to Islamic terror in Lebanon or how the Cabinet responded to the AIDS crisis then these are the documents you're waiting for. But some of those files will be disfigured by a black marker pen- they'll be Redacted. Secrets too sensitive, even thirty years on, will remain in the...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Aug 7, 2017 Scott Cherry
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Karla's husband seems to be the victim of a deliberately set fire, while one of Jackie's previous cases, involving the death of a young prostitute, refuses to go away. With a lack of progress on the case, the victim's father tries to hunt down the killer himself.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Jul 31, 2017 Christopher Lee
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A dark comedy about Brexit. The British PM is advised that Gibraltar is thinking of holding a referendum to rejoin Spain, 304 years after the Treaty of Utrecht gave it to Britain. The reason? 95% of Gibraltarians want to stay in the EU. This could be a fatal blow for an already weak PM, then an adviser comes up with a cunning suggestion......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Brexit, Afternoon Play
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Jul 24, 2017 Marcy Kahan
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The fifth and final series of the Marcy Kahan rom-com drama. Will Bill and Bella finally get it together??
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jul 22, 2017 Lucy Kellaway
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Many of us spend or spent our working lives in offices, but how did these come about? From the 17th century offices of the East India Company to the future of the office, remote working, etc, FT journalist Lucy Kellaway looks at this - for me now past - institution.
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Jul 22, 2017 William Goldman
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In the light of the success of Marathon Man  https://archive.org/details/MarathonMan , William Goldman decided to write a sequal "Brothers", a book that even he admitted was " a not-very-terrific book". Other may wish to agree or disagree.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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Jul 15, 2017 William Goldman
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The classic thriller of Nazis, diamonds...... and some rather unorthodox dentistry.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Saturday Play
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Jul 10, 2017 W Somerset Maugham
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The first of five series, each of 5 episodes, of short stories by Somerset Maugham, ranging from comedy through to pathos: 1. Mr Know-All: Max Kelada claims to know everything, but will a string of pearls prove his undoing? A bet is placed to see if he knows their real value. But he is not a man who is easily fooled. 2. Neil Macadam: Macadam works in the museum at Kuala Solor and despite his best intentions attracts the earnest attentions of the curator's Russian wife. 3. The Colonel’s Lady:...
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jul 3, 2017 Jacqueline Yallop
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When Jacqueline Yallop moves to south-west France with her husband, she embraces rural village life and buys two pigs to rear for slaughter. But as she gets to know the animals better, her English sentimentality threatens to get in the way and she begins to wonder if she can actually bring herself to kill them. This is a memoir about that fateful decision, but it's also about the ethics of meat eating in the modern age, and whether we should know, respect and even love the animals we eat. At...
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Book of the Week
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Jun 27, 2017 Adrian Penketh
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Grenoble 2020. A right wing candidate for the National Front is standing as Mayor of Grenoble. Although not a holder of extreme views, the local Muslim population are fearful, and will do what it takes......
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 26, 2017 Al Smith
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Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasing threat. As part of its work, the medical charity "The Wellcome Trust" has been working with writers to increase awareness. This is one such piece written with their guidance. In the near future, only a few antibiotics still work and are very expensive - say £15 - £20,000 per course. Most people are covered by insurance via their employers or are covered by the state. But what about those who fall through the cracks and cannot afford...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Radio Sci Fi